How often do we take pen to paper and just write? I mean we rarely even have to sign for using a credit card these days! I know for me there is so much disconnect from paper and pens; we are living in an all-consuming digital age. Phones, tablets, computers, e-readers… it is all screens. Can you remember when getting a pen licence was the coolest thing to happen in primary school? #ThoseWereTheDays Those glory days of papers and pens might seem like a distant memory of the past; but research by Officeworks, in partnership with Deakin University, has revealed that we should actually dust off those pen licences, get out our notebooks and start writing!
The study shows that spending as little as 15-20 minutes of handwriting each day can have positive effects on our overall wellbeing compared to those who don’t. Putting pen to paper each day can reduce our overall stress, anxiety and can help improve mental clarity. The research also found that seven out of ten people who practised the art of handwriting consistently every day are more aware of their thoughts and emotions. #HappyDaysForEmotionalIntelligence
Officeworks is committed to helping Australians step away from their busy ‘digital’ worlds with their Time To Write workshops happening in-store in September. Dr Suzy Green, Positive Psychologist and founder of The Positivity Institute has curated a four-part handwriting workshop series being held on weekend between 11am-12pm at various Officeworks store locations.. Each workshop is designed to encourage us all to take the time to write and the workshops cover various themes such as goal setting, letter writing, gratitude journaling and creative writing!
Last weekend, I was lucky enough to head to Officeworks North Lakes for the first Time to Write workshop on goal setting. After stopping for an iced chai at one of my favourite cafes Told You So (conveniently located down the road) I headed to Officeworks to get my goal setting on! I have always been a lover of stationery; you know when you start a new year or a new job you always need to get new notebooks. And there is something very fresh about opening a new notebook; so I was a just a tiny bit excited to be presented with a gift bag with my favourite sharpie and Rhodia notebook combo! Officeworks is giving away gift bags to all workshop participants to encourage everyone to keep handwriting after the workshop! #WOOHOO
The goal setting workshop modelled the SMART approach to goal setting…
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T- Time base
Workshop participants were invited to write a bucket list (well a five point bucket list) of goals or dreams which were important to us. From this bucket list we then applied the SMART goal setting principles! I loved that the focus was so individual and personal. I left feeling like I could rule the world. And it amazed me how much clarity I have after only one week since the workshop. I’ve been attempting to put pen to paper once a day for 15 minutes and whilst it might take some getting used to, I am enjoying the physical art of writing. For someone who spends so much time on her phone and computer maybe it is the novelty and romance of ye’old pen and paper; but I am certainly loving it!
This coming weekend’s workshop focus is on Gratitude Journaling. So grab your favourite pen and head to your local Officeworks (or head to Northlakes Officeworks) and hone your skills of the lost art of handwriting. Future weekends also include creative writing. For more information on workshop locations and times, or to download the materials to use yourself at home head to Officeworks.
This post was written in collaboration with Officeworks; however all opinions are our own.